I just registered for this site a couple minutes ago. I do not know a ton about computers but I can manage the average kind of stuff. I have a Dell Dimension 4500 PC with an 18gb hard drive and 768mb of ram. I run windows XP. I have a couple of problems that I definately need help with. I will start with the easier ones. My first question is how would I go about installing a bigger hard drive to my computer. 18 gb is just not enough! I doubt that my BIOS will allow anything much over 30gb or so, so I know I would need to do a BIOS Flash or something like that. I would love to have a hard drive around 250gb. Secondly... I currently have Norton antivirus and I just deleted ad-aware. What are the best anti virus programs, and spyware programs that you can buy. I don't really like the free ones. I just don't trust them. ANd last but not least... I am saving up for a laptop, and plend to spend about $2100. I am a pretty big gamer(although I usualy stay offline), and I like to listen to music. So I know that I want Windows Vista Premium. But I have no idea what company I should look into for a laptop. I want it to be fast.
NOW... to the challenging stuff. The biggest problem right now is the fact that I deleted a piece of WINDOWS SERVICE PACK 2 (it was in the temporary files, and I wasn't thinking that day). Anyways... the system seems to be fine, but I know somethings a little off. I tried downloading it from microsoft, and reinstalling it, but I had no luck. I don't know what to do. Oh yeah... Windows Update doesn't recognize that anything is missing, and I can't run any of the C:/ drive maintnece programs like the programs you use to search the drive for errors or to find all the temporary files windows can get rid of... weird huh? So thats one of my big problems, and I don't know how to go about fixing it. I would consider reinstalling windows, but we had Dell install everything before we got the computer, so I doubt that would work. I also don't know what CD to use, or if I even have it for that matter. I have no idea how to reinstall windows anyway.
The other big problem is Norton Anti Virus will not complete a full scan. It always gets stuck somewhere around 14,000 files into the scan. I can't figure out why... it has been doing this the past couple of times I've tried to do a scan. I got a virus about a month ago, and Norton Caught it with a little help from me. It infected like 13 files before I could stop it and quarenteen the files. It went after my firewall first, and then system 32.
Please help me!!!!!!!!!! I would like to still be able to use this computer.